Thank you for sending the Good News of the Gospel to people affected by disability! Here at home and across the globe, your faithful prayers and continuing support are sending hope and practical help through Wheels for the World, Family Retreats, and every ministry program at Joni and Friends.
Your prayers and support opened the doors to a bright future for a young girl, Lorena, from Cuba. Born with cerebral palsy, Lorena waited 12 years for a wheelchair. This young girl, full of hopes and dreams, knows the daily pain and struggles of living with disability. Lorena’s dream is to become a nurse...
Five-year-old Ebenezer was the recipient of the 100,000th wheelchair in 2014 in Ghana. Since February 2015, we’ve delivered some 26,000 wheelchairs with your prayers and support and we’re right on track to meet the goal of sending 100,000 wheelchairs by 2020 through Wheels for the World!
Learn more and watch a video from the day Ebenezer’s life changed forever!
God is using you to open people’s hearts to the Gospel like never before! The wheelchair and Bible you send change everything. Because of your prayers and faithful support, many children with disabilities will receive Bibles, wheelchairs, and God’s love…the greatest gift of all.
Today, we’re joining millions of brothers and sisters in Christ by celebrating Global Outreach Day! The mission of Global Outreach Day is to build up a network of Christians worldwide, equipping and mobilizing them to share the gospel to the nations. With a Wheels for the World team serving right now in Ghana and an International Family Retreat taking place in China next week, we are reaching people affected by disabilities around the world with the gospel, and equipping them with practical resources such as mobility and disability ministry training!
FedEx Freight is working with Joni and Friends International Disability Center to transport used wheelchairs from local collection sites to correctional facilities where they are restored. Since the beginning of the year, FedEx Freight has transported 1,734 wheelchairs to locations throughout the country for restoration. Joni and Friends then uses container ships to deliver newly reconstructed wheelchairs to countries such as China, Cuba, Ghana, India and Thailand. In these countries, volunteers of Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World outreach ministry fit each wheelchair to the recipient’s individual needs and provide training in its use and upkeep. Joni and Friends collects more than 10,000 wheelchairs each year...
It’s National Volunteer Week! At Joni and Friends, volunteers are at the heart and soul of all we do together to provide help and hope to people living with disability. They are lovers of Jesus, hard workers, people of prayer, and true visionaries – they understand that their contributions have a huge impact on people with disabilities and their families. If you’d like to get involved, we invite you to celebrate National Volunteer Week by signing up to serve at Family Retreat, International Family...
Last February, we announced our groundbreaking Wheels for the World initiative: Hope Overflowing 100,000 by 2020. We are pleased to announce that we are on track to reach our 2016 goal of 14,500 wheelchairs. Yes, the Lord has helped us! That is why we have every reason to rejoice and move out courageously, knowing He will help us as we work to deliver 100,000 wheelchairs by the year 2020! This is a huge goal, a God-sized vision! We have put our faith in the Lord that together, we’ll provide 14,500 wheelchairs to people with disabilities this year. With each wheelchair, we’ll share the Gospel message that turns hopelessness to hope overflowing. But the need is great. There are thousands of little children and adults in developing countries that need a wheelchair and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ that brings hope to those in despair. We hear them. We see them. You can help today!
Last fall, to kick off our online campaign: Live It Out: 100,000 by 2020, we invited you to join our Live It Out Contest and help send more wheelchairs to kids living with disability all over the world through your personal campaign page. Congratulations to our top three 2015 fundraisers who each received a gift basket ($100 in value)!
Marie Morris (Bondurant, IA) $1,750
Carla Walendowsky (San Diego, CA) $720
Michael Hansen (Fort Worth, TX) $530
If you’d like to start a fundraising effort and live out your faith, follow these simple steps:
1. Visit the Live It Out campaign page.
2. Start your fundraising effort with a personal...
Thousands of children with disabilities in developing countries like Romania, urgently need kid sized wheelchairs, yet they are in critically short supply and very expensive. Wheelchairs sometimes cost up to a year’s salary, which most families with special needs children cannot afford. Recently our Joni and Friends Wheels for the World team met 9-year-old Emmanuel at our wheelchair distribution. Your support and prayers gave Emmanuel a Bible in his own language and a beautiful Joni and Friends restored wheelchair perfect for his needs. His mother shared with us that as she watched our volunteer physical therapist work on her son’s wheelchair, she was deeply moved. “You care so much about every detail—I’ve never seen anyone care about my son to this degree. This kind of care can only come from God. Only God loves like this.” Thanks to your partnership and prayers, God came close to Emmanuel and his family that day...